This is the Concerto in E Flat Major played as I like to imagine Beethoven himself would played it, had he ever done so. (This, his final concerto, he never performed publicly.) It is filled with pathos and majesty, simplicity and delicacy.
This version has good sound, despite having been recorded on 78rpm discs: whoever transferred the music did an admirable job. As far as I'm concerned, there is no better version of this Concerto either before or since.
April 14, 2012 Subject:
Hello! Of course very grateful for the excellent work you have done!
I have a copy of this recording at 78 and never get tired of hearing it, but in the transcript he has done, I rediscovered the wonder of the work in the hands of Moiseivitch and the great baton of Zsell.
Thanks again! JP
March 29, 2011 Subject:
This site is perfect for future generations
I want to thank you for your effort of transcribing 78 RPM classical music to digital format! I know how much effort this is.
I have been doing this sense 2002 with my own private collection of 33s, 45,s & 78s. I set up my B&O linear tracking table to sample them, even the 78s, with a very special low noise op amp phono preamp I made just for sampling any kind of analog record. I curious what turntable & preamp you are using? If you have time or want to, send me a reply.
I was introduced to this format in ~ 1966 from my moms records. The thrill at the time was recording them on the reel to reel to here the symphony non stop in its entirety. In the early 80s come to find out these are basically live direct to disk recordings (no tape recorders invented yet). Wow, way cool!
In the early 80s I got into collecting juke boxes & have several of the Seeburg 50s juke boxes. When I saw the M100 A which plays 10 &12 inch 78s I went crazy. Had to have one. I went to the Chicago land juke box show in 1985 & completed my collection. Now I can play classical music in its entirety & demonstrate this cool box at the same time.
Your transcribed collection is helping me fill in the gaps & replace some I have where the record condition is too far gone. Where do you find such perfect records??? I just discovered archive.com site yesterday. Digging through my 78s to put something new into the M100A, I discovered Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony. Never heard it before, WOW! It is the RCA DM-253 set. Disk 1 & 3 were missing. (If there broken, I've super glued them allowing me to sample them & then remove the clicks. Pain in the butt). You have transcribed it & again I thank you for completing that listening pleasure!
The other I need to personally thank you for (Looks like everyone else likes it too) is Beethoven's 5th concerto RCA DM-761. I really love this performance, the 2nd movement especially. Wouldn't you know it my disk 4, side 4 & 7, broken. I glued it, but this one I'm having a difficult time completely removing the 2 bangs per revolution. I could do each one, one at a time with complete success, but that would take me months.
Once again, thank you so very much for your effort & devotion to preserving these recordings for future generations & then posting them for others to enjoy. These are real performances with no over dubs or multi tracking.
I'll be thanking you when your collection complements what I'm transcribing or listening to. I have all my music in a computer juke box too.
Thank you, thank you, thank you....Pete
December 9, 2010 Subject:
Transcribed from 78 rpm? This is unbelievable!!!
This is a masterpiece in every way, the performance and the incredible job of transfer to digital. I have listened to a lot of 78s in my time and I never suspected that this quality could possible hide on a 78. A wonderful performance preserved for posterity in close to pristine form. This is a keeper!!!!
Beethoven's Piano Concerto #5 is one of my favorite tranquilizers! I take it often, it works every time and it's impossible to overdose on it. :o)